Cupid is going wild in Oregon’s Washington County, shooting his arrows at every winery he sees. Whether you’re single or happily attached, there are lots of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with us, including events touting the traditional wines, chocolates, and romantic touches of St. Valentine.
The Valentine’s Wine Loop invites Pinot lovers to visit four wineries (February 14-15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). There’s one for each chamber of the heart:
Ardiri Winery and Vineyards blushes coyly with its limited production 2013 Rosé ($10)
Alloro Vineyard breaks out its limited edition wines to go with the local artisan cheese ($15)
Cooper Mountain Vineyards serves barrel-aged balsamic vinegar and ‘Vin Glace’ ($15)
Raptor Ridge Winery shows true-love to its vineyard with five single-vineyard Pinots ($15)
With Italian roots and French oak barrels, Apolloni Vineyards is romantic to the core. So, it makes sense that it goes all out for Valentine’s weekend with three amorous events:
Valentine Tasting Room (February 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Start Valentine’s celebration right with good wine and handcrafted chocolates. We’re fans of the ghost pepper ganache paired with the 2012 Rosé.
Cave by Candlelight Valentine’s Dinner (February 14, 6 p.m., $60)
Stacks of oaky barrels, the intoxicating aroma of aging wine, good food, and soft candlelight casting dancing shadows. Now that’s a romantic Valentine’s night.
Sweet as a Cupcake Weekend (February 15-16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
You love wine. You love cupcakes. Now, try wine infused cupcakes!
Love Potion #9 Digestif
Forget the roses and heart-shaped lockets. Craft the perfect Valentine’s Day memento at Montinore Estate’s popular event, Bottle Up Your Love (February 15, 12-4 p.m.). Make your own “love potion” from a custom-blended Pinot Noir.
Lovey-dovey not your thing? Hey, that’s cool. Next week, we’ll talk about an unfussy Valentine’s Day. From beer tours to mud runs, there are tons of ways to show your honey you care without feeling too Don Juan. Until then, see our comprehensive list of Valentine’s weekend happenings.